Lucy's Book Mark

Star Date

Star Date: November 18, 2013.  To go boldly where no man has gone before.  OPL will be showing "Star Trek: Into Darkness" at the Monday Movie Matinee in the lower level meeting at 1:00.  Free popcorn!  Our Spotlight this month suggests some Star Trek reads.

Lego Phenomenon

A Million Little Bricks by Sarah Herman
A Million Little Bricks: the unofficial illustrated history of the Lego phenomenon
by Sarah Herman, is a definite book for Lego fanatics.  This history takes you from the beginning of the company in the workshop of a Danish carpenter to present day.  Color illustrations throughout the book gives the reader a look at the various Lego products that have been produced over the years.  Readers will learn that Samsonite, yes the luggage company, won the bid back in the 60's to manufacture Legos in the U.S., how Legos are made and how the company came back from economic problems in early 2000.  Non-fanatics will enjoy portions of the book.

Wisconsin Setting

Buzz Off by Hannah Reed

Moraine Wisconsin is a wide spot on a Rustic Road in Waukesha County.  Story Fischer runs the grocery store in a converted church, and studies beekeeping with her friend Manny Chapman.  And then Manny is stung to death.  Not by his honeybees, Story is sure, but by yellow jackets, with the bees serving to cover the fact that this is murder.  We learn a lot about beekeeping, Wisconsin’s Rustic road designation, and local products featured in Story’s grocery in "Buzz Off" by Hannah Reed. Fun for everyone, but especially Wisconsinites. First of a series; there are 4 out now.

Time Travel

River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

In River of No Return by Bee Ridgway, Lord Nicholas Falcott should have died on the battlefield of Salamanca in 1812.  Instead, he jumped though time to 2003, where he was taken in by the Guild, a group of other who had jumped forward in time.  They tell him he can never go back, and he must make a new life in the U.S.  Then, in 2013, the Guild calls on him to go home—to jump back to England and save the future.  Amazingly good. 

Final Alex Rider Novel

Russian Roulette by Anthony HorowitzYes, I know this is a children's/young adult book, but this adult loved the series.  Anthony Horowtiz has been writing Alex Rider books since 2001 starting with Stormbreaker.  His main character is a 14 year old British boy who becomes a spy for M16.  His deceased parents and uncle were members and he becomes forced to join the espionage ranks.   "Russian Roulette" is the eighth and final Alex Rider book.  Horowitz takes you back to the beginning of the Alex Rider's story.  Readers learn about Yassen Gregorovich who eventually became Alex's enemy.  This is Yassen's story - a Russian youth on his own, parents gone and living the streets.  How did Yassen become the assassin he is?  All of the Alex Rider books are fast paced and action packed.  Recommended for kids and adults.

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